Open HTA files

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Have you encountered a problem with a HTA file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a HTA file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your HTA file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is HTA file?

With the file extension, so-called HTML applications have been identified. It is a window-specific type of bootable file that runs in Internet Explorer. Hta files are in principle html files that can contain JavaScript, CSS, Visual Basic Script as well.

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HTA files can be opened and edited like any html file in a text editor or web editor. Under Windows files with the extension HTA are recognized and can be started by a double-click.

It should be noted that HTA files can pose a security risk.

Programs which can open a HTA file

How to open file with HTA extension?

In order to open a file with HTA extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening HTA file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with HTA files, follow the instructions below.
Install Internet Explorer or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening HTA files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support HTA files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of HTA files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Internet Explorer as the default program for opening HTA files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate HTA files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Internet Explorer applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Internet Explorer has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with HTA files

Sometimes problems with opening HTA files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • HTA files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open HTA files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • HTA file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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